Scott Ballard Aids and abets Convicted Child Molester

Mon, 06/30/2008 - 10:22am
By: ProLifer

In a transcript of Ballard’s testimony in the hearing, Ballard told the court that in the past while Allen had been treated for sexual-related issues, he felt they had “missed” the real root of Allen’s problem: alcohol.

According to the transcript, Allen’s attorney asked Ballard if he thought Allen was “a salvageable individual or incorrigible?”

Ballard replied: “I think he’s a fine fellow who has got a drinking problem that gets him in trouble. He makes terrible decisions and does terrible things when he drinks, but he is an outstanding guy, Judge. He is worth taking a chance on.”

DA testifies for child molester on probation


Shocked and stunned.

These are the words an official from the South Georgia Judicial Circuit used to describe his reaction when he learned a man elected to prosecute criminals had come to help free one. That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard.

Ballard served as a character witness for an offender during a probation revocation hearing on June 14.

But this wasn’t just any offender, said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. It was a convicted child molester, 40-year-old Jeffery David Allen of Old Greenville Road, Fayetteville.

“We were a bit shocked and thrown off by it,” the official from District Attorney Joe Mulholland’s office said.

Ballard does not dispute that he appeared in a Bainbridge, Ga. courtroom to help what he called “a personal friend.”

“I went to speak on behalf of someone who I believe to be a good person,” Ballard said.

Allen pleaded guilty in May 1990 to sexually molesting five female students and trying to kiss two others, all under the age of 14, according to the Decatur County, Ga., Clerk’s Office. Allen was a middle school teacher when the assaults occurred.

Allen received 40 years probation and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for the crimes as part of a negotiated plea deal.

A judge also banned Allen from the county during his probation and ordered him not to teach girls under 17, clerk officials said.

Allen had his probation supervision transferred to Fayette County, and had violated the terms of his probation at least one time prior in 2003, Decatur County, Ga., jail officials said.

Allen was ordered to appear before a judge once again this month after he allegedly violated the terms of his probation. The alleged incident involved Allen and an officer of the Fayetteville Police Department as Allen was coming home from a strip club on March 11.

According to Fayetteville police, a taxi driver picked up Allen and his friend, identified as 39-year-old Beverly Jenkins, at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Forest Park and drove them to McBride Road.

Allen told the cab driver he did not have any money to pay the fare once they arrived at the location, police said. The cab driver drove Allen to an automatic teller machine to withdraw the cash, but he could not because there was insufficient funds in the bank account, police said. The cab driver then called the police.

Allen, who appeared to be “visibly intoxicated,” grew upset with the cab driver when officers arrived, police said. Allen initially gave a false name to police. Allen later shouted obscenities and tried to fight with the police, forcing them to spray pepper spray in his eyes to get him to comply, police said.

“Due to Allen’s strength and level of resistance, it took all three officers on scene to attempt to subdue him,” FPD Spokeswoman Lt. Beverly Trainor said.

Allen was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and giving a false name to police. He was taken to the Fayette County Jail and later transported to the Decatur County, Ga., Jail to attend the probation revocation hearing.

Ballard acknowledged some officers or prosecutors might question or feel let down by his decision, but he indicated he did not attend the hearing to offend anyone. He was only there to help a fellow Christian, Ballard said. He spoke by cellphone June 22 while driving to Inman United Methodist Church.

Ballard said he leads a prayer group at the church and Allen is an active member of his prayer group.

“For the most part, he was fighting some battles and he was winning and he had a relapse,” said Ballard, explaining Allen’s battles with alcohol. “He was with a lady and he was drinking. He shouldn’t have been drinking.”

Ballard said Allen is the family member of a friend and he has known Allen for about five years. He indicated he knows Allen erred when he went out that night, but did not believe his probation should be revoked.

The decision on Allen’s probation revocation is pending. If his probation is revoked, Allen could spend the next 25 years in prison.

“He’s made great progress,” Ballard said.

Ballard acknowledges that Allen is a convicted child molester, but he questions the strength of the evidence introduced during Allen’s court proceeding.

“The molestation charges were 18 years ago,” the former defense attorney said. “I don’t know what happened, but he was given 40 years probation, so that says a little bit about the evidence and the severity of the charges that he was not put in prison and he was given probation.”

Some doubt child molesters or pedophiles can be rehabilitated, but Ballard does not share this view. “I think it’s stereotypical,” he said. “Each case is individual.”

Ballard said although he went to speak as a character witness for Allen, he doesn’t want people to make inaccurate assumptions about his stance on child molestation.

“It’s not a statement that I am in favor of child molestation,” he said. “I think it would be short-sighted of someone to say that just because I spoke on behalf of a friend that I wouldn’t prosecute child molestation cases aggressively when they come up.”

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Submitted by wildcat on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 3:24pm.

I'm sure your idol will be back soon and he can resume trashing the DA. He's probably just licking his wounds right now. Who can blame him? That was a low thing to do, wasn't it? Makes one wonder what we really know about our neighbors and their motives. It's kind of scary.

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:28pm.

Ole Git just got back in town and it looks like I've missed some fine times. Fear not dear friend as I have no wounds to lick. I stand by my questioning the qualifications and concerns of Scotty as our DA and his proven weak and inconsistent prosecuting patterns and stinky plea deals. Eye-wink

Now that the Cat is out of the bag, I'm sure you and your klan have run a background check on ole Git only to find, to your disappointment and dismay, that he is squeaky clean. Was that background check a possible misuse of one's office and position? Puzzled

As far as my outing goes, I'm surprised it took so long. Good grief... I've dropped enough hints over the last couple of years.

Well. I stand ready to question the questionable and to ask the questions that few dare to. Call that libel and slanderous if you so choose. I call it being prudent and concerned. Good day and we'll talk really soon I'm sure.

A side note to my friend Gitgone / Grif Guy / Dishonestguy4Ballard; I think Hutch is still waiting for the answers to his questions. You know..... What are the slanderous and libelous lies that Git has told.

And oh... I'd would have loved to have been able to read that history lesson of Git Real by you. I somehow missed that one. I understand you were missing a few facts. I twas busy rebuilding fences in a water gap amongst other chores. But I'm fresh and ready after after a 15 hour drive to play if you so choose.

Oh... and that motive????? Just a pure concern for the community in which I'm raising my family in and disgust for the vermin that preys on our fine citizenry. And yes... that is real scary to many of us.

Later Kitty!

Thanks Cal & Company and fellow concerned bloggers.

Happy Independence Day!!!!!!!!!!! And don't forget to vote for Rudjard for DA and Ballard for Public Defender.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 8:50am.

Hey! Welcome back! YOU will always be "ole Git" to me, I don't care who you are!! Smiling

R. Hayes has my vote!!!

Submitted by sageadvice on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 11:56am.

Is R. Hayes runnin fer sherif also? I nede tuh know so ill know whom i ran again!
Is Ballast also runnin fer sheriff? What kind of name is Rud Jard?
Vote fer SAGE by writ-in!

Submitted by wildcat on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 6:46am.

We've already talked! Our daughters were on the same Upward basketball team! And you're did drop a lot of hints. I have a question for you--you wrote that you're sure that me and my klan have run a background check on you. Was that meant for me? If so, who is my klan and why would we care? Glad you're ok and hopefully this "outing business" will cease.

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 7:04am.

Well Howdy! Smiling

have a question for you--you wrote that you're sure that me and my klan have run a background check on you. Was that meant for me?

No. Only if the shoe were to fit. That was thrown out as a time management tool. The one that did it will read it and take it personally. The 'klan' comment refers to any ardent followers of the candidate that can't handle the heat and get defensive when their case histories are challenged and discussed.

Enjoy this day!!!!


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


Submitted by susieq on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 6:45am.

The good news is that there were only 532 people online when you were "outed." Seven of them were reading about Tyrone and OBB. 99% of those remaining were reading about the sheriff's race. That leave 5 people who saw the post, and two of them already knew your ID. So that leaves only 3 people who learned something new.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 12:59pm.

I must have missed something - Git was outed . . .so who the heck is he?

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Submitted by buZZard on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 1:36pm.

Anyone, everyone, and no one
That’s pretty close as anyone can get

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 2:23pm.

So in other words, except for the chosen few, no one really knows, they are just blowing smoke! Heaven knows I'd hate for our ole Git to get got like some others have. . .

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Submitted by buZZard on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 2:32pm.

I think that’s a fair assumption on your behalf.

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 2:59pm.

It matters not whether I've been GitGot or Not. I'm not going anywhere. I stand proudly for and with the little people of the county fighting for open disclosure of government and against politicians playing hanking panky to benefit their own agendas rather than those of 'We The People'. Eye-wink

I'm certain that Ballard's lackey's and others are construing a plan to expose me Git even more. But that's ok... I just might beat them to the punch. Smiling


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by ilockemup on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 6:05am.

Ballard for Public Defender .... LOL

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:33pm.

Good to have you back. Have a good week.

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:38pm.

I'm back for a couple of weeks and then buzzing out again for a while. It's been a wild and crazy ride.

I brought back something that relates to your work that I'm going to get to you. An ex-comrade of yours left some goodies in a storage shed. It dates back to the age of the mold you work in.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


Submitted by buckstopshere on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:50pm.

Welcome back to the glorious land of the Blogs!

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:54pm.




"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 1:49pm.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 3:00pm.

I don't get it....A middleaged drunk guy with a string of sex crimes is "worth a chance" but a few black teenagers scuffling in the boys room deserve to get the book thrown at them. Scotty the Sophist needs to go back to defense work.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 4:09pm.

"A middleaged drunk guy with a string of sex crimes is "worth a chance" but a few black teenagers scuffling in the boys room deserve to get the book thrown at them."

After I read what ProLifer posted today, I wondered how Ballard would have felt, or what he would have done, if it was one of his own daughters who had been molested by that friend, and 'good Christian', that he stood up for in court.

He never should have involved himself with something like this and should have distanced himself from that 'friend' of his. It is coming back to haunt him now.

Submitted by WaitingonPayDay on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 3:16pm.

I have had my head in the sand for way too long. I met Mr. Ballard at a public event and was asked to give him my vote. I started to research Mr. Ballard and his history. When I read what he had done, I was so upset that he would even consider getting involved. The rate of convicted sex offenders has risen beyond belief not only in Fayette but in Spalding, Lamar, Pike, etc since he became DA. Now I know why. We should vote someone in who has a backbone to take on these types of predators and make a stand so that more do not even think of coming into our counties. I'm not sure about the other candiate, but I'm voting to give him a chance just so that we don't continue on this downward spiral. How disappointing.

Submitted by fay79isus on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 7:45pm.

The proper response for Ballard, as a Christian, was to pray for Allen and even visit him in prison. He betrayed his oath with that nonsense. The subpoena nonsense? I don’t believe it for a second. Ballard was chirping away showering Allen with praise. Face the facts--- he tussled with the cops. Didn’t he deserve a little time for that alone?

Just consider this….Imagine if Jeffrey Allen’s friend happened to be Randall Johnson. Randall might have privately supported the man but he wouldn’t have tried to spring the guy from jail.

This whole thing is really creepy.

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Submitted by gelato on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 8:22pm.

Tomorrow evening at the Fayetteville Public Library at 6 or 7 p.m. (sorry about not knowing the exact time) there will be a forum where you can see Ballard sweating, studdering and wringing his hands when trying to defend himself. Funny to see someone try to weasel out of bad choices made - and we're supposed to count on him to defend our county? Maybe a subpoena will appear at the forum to get him out of his embarrasment. Another thing that I find very insulting about Ballard when reading his campaign brochure is the way he uses being native of this area as entitlement of having the position. Does that really matter? I have been in Fayette county for almost 20 years, chose this place to call home, and raise my family. I choose to want to keep it safe and be active in my community in order to preserve it the best place possible for my grandchildren in the future. Sorry, Ballard, you have allowed crime to go unpunished in your native stomping ground - you blew it! Take your loses, and go knit a blanket somewhere. Your presence now endangers us; keeping us safe is not part of your agenda.

Submitted by buckstopshere on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 8:35pm.

What a serious lack of judgement on Scott's part. I am just sick to my stomach thinking about Scott Ballard's logo "Protecting what's Ours". Protecting what...convicted sex offenders from the law? Do you have to be a personal friend of the Ballard family to have protection or justice? Most of the people in Fayette County are transplants...who is fighting for our justice? Do we have a voice?
This just proves to me that unless you are hooked up with the good ole boy club, you don't matter. Heck, you can violate your parole, scuffle with police and steal a ride home from a titty bar all while violating your parole, and there are no consequences for Scott's good ole boy. This is an outrage!!!!!!!!

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